Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun

Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles, #1)Book Description:
In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah's really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.
Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.
With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of scientific advances, political intrigue, and wilderness survival, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a world more like our own than we may want to admit.

My Thoughts:
This was an interesting book.   Selah wants to hunt with her step father and brothers.  They hunt people who was ashore with certain markings on them that are worth a lot of money.  She has been raised to believe these people are bad and that they can be rehabilitated.  Everything she has been taught is questioned when one of these 'Landers' protect her and yet her brothers take him away.  Then everything changes for her when she wakes up with a mark and is told to run and take letters to explain what is going on.
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect with this book.  It's summary intrigued me but I wondered where exactly it would go and I have to say that I enjoyed it.  Selah's world is completely turned up-side-down when the things she has been raised to believe show to be not the truth.  Not to mention that Bohdi, the Lander that helps her, is the one she must turn to for help.  I wasn't really surprised by who the 'bad guy' was or what the Landers seem to really be....the author did a good job with the story line.  I look forward to having my questions answered in future books and seeing where everything goes from here.
This is a 4/5.  I will absolutely read the next in the series. Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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